Academic Transition to High School

Entering 9th grade can prove to be a challenging academic transition for students. Now that they have a strong foundation in all of their academic areas, students will begin to learn advanced concepts and build upon the content they have already learned. Teachers will have higher academic expectations and the grades received in high school will be sent out to colleges via an academic transcript.

Here is some programming/suggestions to help ease the academic transition to High School.


Moving to High School Night

Families of 8th grade students are invited to attend this event to learn more about the FRCS high school program. Topics covered include course offerings, the curriculum, college supports, service and athletics, and opportunities for leadership.

Freshman Guidance Night

Families of incoming 9th grade students are then invited to a fall program to learn about college preparatory classes. This event emphasizes what the high school experience will consist of and introduces parents to the programming and measures used at FRCS to prepare students for college acceptance and completion.

Achievement Teams

All 9th graders will participate in an Achievement Team. It consists of a small group of students and an advisor. The team  meets once per cycle throughout the year and it includes a variety of topics. Many of these topics help aid the academic high school transition and they include:

  • grade point averages
  • transcripts
  • standardized testing
  • course planning
  • study skills
  • test taking strategies
Considering this is also a vital time to perform well academically, advisors to each team will review grades and the academic status of each student periodically throughout the year. Team building is also incorporated to help create positive relationships that will last throughout their high school career.



  • Consider making an appointment with your child’s school counselor.
    • Mr. Gianquitti is the freshman guidance counselor and will be happy to meet with families if an individual appointment is desired
      • Email:
      • Phone: 508-543-2508 x243
  • Building positive relationships with teachers
    • The majority of high school teachers teach many courses in the curriculum across grade levels. It is important for students to build positive relationships with teachers. These will be the teachers that one day write a college recommendation for your student. Building a positive rapport can include:
      • Introducing yourself formally to your new teacher during the first day of class
      • Asking questions and being engaged in classroom lessons
      • Staying after school for extra help
      • Coming to class promptly every day
      • Being prepared for class by having the appropriate materials
    • If parents have a specific issue/concern about a particular class/subject, they are suggested to contact the individual teacher or Instructional Leader of the department.